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AMATEURS: Aussie hopes bow out

Alizza Hetherington
Amateur Alizza Hetherington during the second round of the 2017 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.


The race for low amateur at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open will, sadly, not contain a local presence.

After promising starts on Thursday, both national championship debutants Alizza Hetherington and Karis Davidson took a terminal slide down the leaderboard past the even-par cut.

Queenslander Davidson, 18, who began her round at one under, was still at that figure and looking promising standing on the 16th tee until a bogey-par-bogey finish consigned her to a 75 and one-over par total.

Hetherington, 16, of Melbourne, was thrilled that she was able to relax into her opening even-par 73, but couldn’t find that same calmness on course in today’s round of 79.

Her six-over total left her equal parts disappointed and inspired to fare better should she return for a second Open in the future.

It’s probably no surprise that world No.4 amateur Hye-jin Choi continues her romp around the Australian summer with another stellar performance today at Royal Adelaide.

The 2015 world junior champion and newly minted Australian Amateur champ added a second round 72 to her opening 71 and is not out of overall contention at three-under.

Her only threat in the quest to be low amateur is impressive Taiwanese youngster Heather Lin who fell from her even-par start today to be three over through seven holes.

But four back-nine birdies eventually let her off the rollercoaster again at even par and into the weekend action.

Not so lucky were her compatriots Han-Hsuan Yu (+6), Jo-Hua Hung (+8) and Hsin Yu Lu (+10).

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